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Cutting the [US Military Budget]: Nothing is Sacred

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  • nessinnessin Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    tehmarken wrote: »
    What else do we use petroleum for anyways? Only things that come to mind are power plants and making rubber and plastics. Are we just making a fuckton of plastic and rubber in the States?

    Aside from fueling other vehicles (jet/bunker fuel) which, based on the current limitations of electrical power aren't feasible to run on an alternative fuel source, we use it for heating and synthetic fibers (polyester, nylon, etc...), paint, soap, film, canned food, pain reliever medication, and some forms of wax.

    But really, from a military perspective even if we switched to electrical powered vehicles (even, somehow, aircraft), we'd still have to spend a ton of money to convert the military vehicles and you'd still need oil for tires, clothes, shoes, and all the other junk consumed by the military that require oil in some fashion or another.

    nessin on
  • Dr Mario KartDr Mario Kart Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    This is from Dick Lugar's Senate page:

    usoilusebysector.gif

    Dr Mario Kart on
  • override367override367 ALL minions Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    nessin wrote: »
    tehmarken wrote: »
    What else do we use petroleum for anyways? Only things that come to mind are power plants and making rubber and plastics. Are we just making a fuckton of plastic and rubber in the States?

    Aside from fueling other vehicles (jet/bunker fuel) which, based on the current limitations of electrical power aren't feasible to run on an alternative fuel source, we use it for heating and synthetic fibers (polyester, nylon, etc...), paint, soap, film, canned food, pain reliever medication, and some forms of wax.

    But really, from a military perspective even if we switched to electrical powered vehicles (even, somehow, aircraft), we'd still have to spend a ton of money to convert the military vehicles and you'd still need oil for tires, clothes, shoes, and all the other junk consumed by the military that require oil in some fashion or another.

    Fuel oil isn't used in power plants in general, fyi.

    The "energy crisis" is only applicable to electricity generation if everyone switches to electric cars or hydrogen created by WIZARD LIGHTNING MAGIC
    This is from Dick Lugar's Senate page:

    usoilusebysector.gif

    Hehehe

    his name is Dick.

    But yes, if we cut recreational driving in half, that's like EuropeBBY worth of oil

    override367 on
  • Pi-r8Pi-r8 Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    This is from Dick Lugar's Senate page:

    usoilusebysector.gif
    I'm skeptical of that graph. Most of the stuff that US citizens buy is made with/out of oil, but it is not made in the US. If you count the oil that goes into all the imported stuff we buy, I'll bet the proportion of industrial use goes up a lot.

    Pi-r8 on
  • tehmarkentehmarken BrooklynRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Which makes me also wonder how international shipping gets calculated. I'm sure cargo ships and cargo planes use up a ton of petroleum fuel.

    tehmarken on
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